Located in the South West Slopes region of New South Wales not far from the major inland centre of Wagga Wagga is the Houlaghan’s valley. It is here for the last 38 years that I have lived and traversed the land in farming pursuits as did my grandfather before me when he came to settle here in 1911.
Now being semi-retired I am more often found with camera in hand seeking out the Wild Life and colours of what this land is within Australia.
Sadly the ravages of farming have depleted a great deal of the native flora & fauna which existed here. In many cases now so much is hanging on tenuously and becoming under even more threat from climate change.
I am endeavouring to address the loss of habitat for the wildlife and to re-introduce flora within the land I occupy called Meribah. An area of some 8 Hectares was set aside encompassing the Houlaghans creek. With the help of the department of Environment, in conjunction with a National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Partners Program a great deal has been achieved in 3 short years.
Aborigines of the Wiradjuri who travelled through this area of the Houlaghans Ck for thousands of years knew a landscape bountiful of all things in nature. It is my intention to help nature perhaps open up such a window again and by example hope that others may follow wherever their own ozspot or earthspot may be.